One of the most successful and well respected local bands of recent years are back, albeit with a slightly different line up.
The Tabs are playing an acoustic reunion gig at the Royal Victoria Hotel in St Leonards on Friday 13th December. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are £8 from B&T Music in Claremont, or you can buy them online for £8.80 at: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/247919
For the uninitiated, The Tabs played gigs nationwide between 1990 and 2004, including a slot at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropedy Festival in 1995 in front of 20,000 people. They also released four critically acclaimed albums during their career.
As to why the band have reformed, founder member Garry Blakeley told me, “In January this year the present acoustic line-up were all at a party with an open mic for anyone who fancied playing. It was suggested during the course of the evening that we play some Tabs stuff (a little risky as it had been a while) but we did. Everyone enjoyed it so we thought it made sense to play a few gigs”
The Tabs have already been lined up for more gigs in 2014, including during the Hastings Jack In The Green festival. There has also been some interest from a few festivals, so watch out for more info.
I asked Garry why this reunion gig was an acoustic affair, rather than a full electric gig that The Tabs were known for? He told me, “Acoustically means that it will be much simpler for setting up a PA etc – much fewer sound problems to deal with and we know that the music still works really well.”
The band are planning to record any gigs that they play with the view to, possibly, releasing an album in due course.
I’m not a huge fan of band reunions, as they are often done for all the wrong reasons. But this is one that I’m certainly looking forward to.
Some reunions are just better than others.